Tonya Lee

Tonya Lee is a freelance writer and designer who specializes in encouraging others to make the most of their homes within a tight budget.


  • More than 20 years of experience in the industry
  • Specializes in budget decorating, and has written on it for over three years


Tonya Lee wrote decor articles for The Spruce for about 3.5 years. She has worked as publisher, editor, writer, and designer. She got her start in college by staging window displays for a small home decor store. She has also worked as a freelance artist and has handpainted tile murals for a number of homes, including Jerry Van Dyke’s residence.


Lee obtained a dual bachelor's degree in Ceramics and Visual Communications, but most of her education came from life, mainly from marrying an architect. Lee and her husband have completely remodeled every single house they have ever owned themselves.

Expertise: DIY, interior decorating

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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